Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Jackson State University is closely monitoring the ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. As the situation continues to change rapidly, our top priority remains the health, safety, and well-being of our community, on and off campus. We are planning for several contingency scenarios and taking decisive, informed action to limit the spread of COVID-19 while ensuring the continuity of our teaching and research mission. The University remains open and operational with appropriate measures to protect the health of the community. We will continue to update the community regularly to keep you informed of additional measures.

Updates

May 15, 2020

Update: Alternative grading options in response to the COVID-19 crisis

After conferring with a wide range of stakeholders including the faculty, students, the Faculty Senate, and administrators in all colleges, the Jackson State University Office of Academic Affairs is introducing a special grading option for students in response to the COVID-19 events. This policy on the Spring 2020 grades applies to all undergraduate courses. The policy and FAQs on special situations are discussed below.

Policy for Undergraduate Course Grades for Spring 2020

Students enrolled in undergraduate courses at Jackson State can choose either to retain the letter grade assigned by the instructor or to select an alternative grade. The alternative grades are PX- Pass and NC-No Credit. The alternative grades will have no impact on the student’s GPA.

 

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May 4, 2020

Message regarding the CARES Act

Dear Student,

Jackson State University is preparing to disburse student emergency funds in accordance with the CARES ACT federal legislation.  The CARES Act, which establishes and funds the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), provides emergency financial aid grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus.  For more information about the federal legislation, please visit https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/heerfstudentfaqs.pdf.

For more information and to complete the eligibility questionnaire (using your J Number and Net ID) click here .

 

 


May 1, 2020

Message from Acting President Thomas K. Hudson

 

Dear JSU students,

Our unique spring semester is drawing to a close, and it is still hard to believe how COVID-19 framed the course of our academic journey this year. However, I applaud each of you for remaining #JSUStrong as you hurdled the circumstances that arose as a result of this pandemic. Remember, within every challenge is an opportunity to grow in fortitude, character, innovation, and beyond. You all have shown immense tenacity and patience during this time. Thank you for your commitment to your education and JSU. Now, please allow me to update you on a few matters of importance.

Fall 2020 Semester. We intend to reopen the campus for the start of the Fall 2020 semester. As always, your well-being remains paramount. We are continually consulting with our health and education experts as we craft a comprehensive plan of action to ensure maximum safety when we welcome you back to campus in August. In the meantime, we urge you to fill out your FAFSA and complete your fall registration, which is currently open. For any additional guidance, please remember to contact your financial aid counselor or academic advisor.

CARES Act Grants for Students. Now, some of you may be familiar with the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which establishes and endows the Higher Education Relief Fund. The CARES Act provides emergency financial relief to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus. More information regarding disbursement, including the application process and the criteria for receiving funds, will be disseminated soon.

Housing and Meal Credit. As previously announced, we will be offering a pro-rata credit for housing and meals for those who were unable to return to campus due to the restructuring of this semester. You will have the option of applying this credit to your JSU account or receiving a direct refund. We will begin the process on or before May 15, 2020.

Alternative Grading Policy. In recognition of the impact COVID-19 has made on our traditional learning structure, we implemented an alternative grading policy for undergraduate and graduate students. These policies maintain the University’s academic integrity while giving students the flexibility to adjust to online and alternative instructional methods without penalty.

Summer School Session. All online course instruction will continue throughout the May 27 – July 28 summer sessions. Please note that summer registration is open, so reserve your spot today. We also encourage you to stay connected to your professors and academic advisors while navigating your online curriculum.

Spring 2020 Commencement. Finally, we understand that commencement is one of the most cherished memories of your higher education experience. We are unwavering in our mission to schedule a full ceremony for our spring 2020 class. You will be notified as soon as a new date is set. In the duration, we have planned a virtual day of celebration and congratulations for Saturday, May 9, 2020. We know that nothing can replace the full-bodied experience of commencement, and this is not our intention. But, as any family should, we want to acknowledge your milestone. Due to your educational investment, you have now reached the ultimate reward. We are enormously proud of your achievements and are confident that you will make an indelible mark in the world.

Please understand that every decision this semester was not made lightly. The best interest of our faculty, staff and, most importantly, you, our students is always the catalyst. We wanted to make sure that we protected the health and safety of the entire campus community while minimizing interference with our day-to-day operations. We have all had to adapt to an evolving landscape that has changed the way we engage with one another, both socially and professionally. However, we are, and will always be, Tiger Nation, which means that whatever the adversity, we will overcome it – together.

Sincerely,

 

Thomas K. Hudson, J.D.

Acting President

 

 


April 28, 2020

 

Alternative Undergraduate Grading Options in Response to the COVID-19 Crisis 

After conferring with a wide range of stakeholders including the faculty, students, the Faculty Senate, and administrators in all colleges, the Jackson State University Office of Academic Affairs is introducing a special grading option for students in response to the COVID-19 events. This policy on the Spring 2020 grades applies to all undergraduate courses. The policy and FAQs on special situations are discussed below.

Policy for Undergraduate Course Grades for Spring 2020 

Students enrolled in undergraduate courses at Jackson State can choose either to retain the letter grade assigned by the instructor or to select an alternative grade. The alternative grades are P- Pass and NC-No Credit. The alternative grades will have no impact on the student’s GPA.

Click here for full details.

 


Alternative Graduate Grading Option in Response to the COVID-19 Crisis 

After conferring with an extensive group of stakeholders including the Division of Graduate Studies, the Graduate Council (who also conferred with Graduate Faculty in their respective departments), and administrators in all colleges, the Jackson State University Office of Academic Affairs is endorsing/advocating the utilization of “Incomplete-I” and “In Progress-IP” grade options for graduate students in response to the Coronavirus Crisis during the Spring 2020 semester. Furthermore, it was considered more permissible that graduate programs not opt in to the same alternative grading option plan advanced for undergraduate programs due to the significant concerns regarding external accreditation issues for graduate programs, student transcript evaluation by other universities and employers, and maintaining the University’s Carnegie Designation as a High Research Institution. Because of the concerns for ethical grade management during this time, alternate grade options have been recommended by the Jackson State University Graduate Division for the Spring 2020 semester. The policy and FAQs on special situations are discussed below.

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April 16, 2020

JSU’s AAC will host testing for pre-screened individuals seen as high risk for COVID-19

Jackson State University’s Lee E. Williams Athletics and Assembly Center, 1400 John R. Lynch Street, is among two locations that will host a one-day, drive-through collection site 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, April 18, for those who have been screened as being at high risk for COVID-19. Both locations are appointment-only sites.

Residents of Hinds and Quitman counties and surrounding communities who meet certain criteria will be given an appointment at the testing sites to provide a specimen sample, via a nose swab, without exiting their vehicle.

The joint effort is being facilitated by the University of Mississippi Medical Center and Mississippi State Department of Health as efforts continue to stem transmission of the virus. Additionally, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and the Mississippi National Guard are partnering with UMMC and MSDH to coordinate mobile testing sites.

The other collection site Saturday for providing a specimen sample is Quitman County: Supervalu, 1012 Martin Luther King Drive, Marks.

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April 10, 2020

Message from the President: IHL Guidance for prorated refunds of room, meals, and parking amid COVID-19

Dear Jackson State University Family,

Our commitment to the well-being of our JSU community remains our top priority as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. Per the guidance of the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning, we are permitted to issue prorated refunds or credits to eligible students who are no longer on campus. Below are further details on refund and credit qualifications.

Jackson State University will refund or credit prorated room, board, and parking to students that are no longer on campus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The prorated amount will start on March 16, 2020, which is the 1st day that classes would have resumed if spring break had not been extended.

Room, board, and parking refunds may be a direct payment or credit to a student’s fall 2020 semester account.Refunds will be less any outstanding balance owed to the university. Students are not eligible for refunds that withdrew from the university prior to the 1st day classes would have resumed if spring break had not been extended…. Click here for full update.

Teach Remotely

As we continue to respond to the COVID-19 in the state of Mississippi, your health and safety remain at the forefront of our decision making. It is paramount that we strongly adhere to "social distancing" as a means to limit the transmission and combat any spread of the coronavirus. We have since begun the process of de-densifying (or decreasing) the number of on-campus students and personnel. 

Effective March 23 and until further notice:

  • All classes will be offered online through the end of the semester. Schools will communicate more specific guidance.

Learn Remotely

The decision to transition to remote learning aligns with our goal to reduce the number of interactions on campus, slow the rate of transmission, and protect our community. We understand there are personal, logistical, and financial challenges to these extraordinary measures. University leadership and your Schools are here to support you.

Effective March 23 and until further notice:

  • All classes will be offered online through the end of the semester. Schools will communicate more specific guidance.
  • All students who can return home or make other living accommodations, please do so and prepare to begin online instruction on Monday, March 23. All classes will be offered online through the end of the semester. 
  • While the University remains open with housing and food services available, we strongly encourage students to return home. 
  • As mentioned in a previous communication, we have some internal and external resources available to assist students who may face financial challenges associated with a move. We are especially fortunate to have JSU GAP Funding available for students in need of financial assistance.  A big thank-you to the JSU Development Foundation for making these funds available to our students.

Work Remotely

  • The university’s administration is continuing to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic. In the best interest of the university community, we have decided to extend telecommuting indefinitely.
  • We are continuing to ask only essential personnel report to work at this time. All Public Safety, Facilities and Construction Management, and Residential Life staff are asked to report as normal as we have several students remaining on campus.
  • We are requesting that non-essential personnel work from home if you are able. If you are not able to do so, please contact your supervisor for further instruction. Faculty will teach courses online.This notice is effective now
    and until further notice.

Travel

Travel can increase the risks of exposure to you and the community. Government restrictions and public health measures are changing fast. If you travel, those changes may make it hard for you to resume your academic and professional activities. 

  • The university has prohibited ALL university related travel, regardless of mode of transport. These restrictions are in place until further notice.

Events and Meetings

Jackson State University aims to limit the number of people on campus — including visitors — in order to slow the spread of the virus and protect faculty, staff and students from exposure.

  • Please note that all university-sponsored events are canceled for the duration of the semester. It is also with great consideration that we have decided to indefinitely postpone the graduate and undergraduate commencement ceremonies which were scheduled for Friday, May 1, and Saturday, May 2. Information regarding the conferral of degrees will be communicated at a later date.

Local and National Coronavirus Statistics

June 2, 2020

 

United States

Cases – 1.85 Million

Deaths – 107,000

 

Mississippi

Cases – 16, 020

Deaths – 767

Additional Resources

Staying Safe

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to grow, public health officials warn that people of all ages can be affected by the virus — including young people — and urge everyone to follow social distancing precautions.

Social Distancing

Social distancing is critical to help curb the spread of the coronavirus and avoid overwhelming the nation’s health care system. Public health officials ask people to stay at least six feet away from others.


Learn Remotely

All classes will be offered online through the end of the semester. While the University remains open with housing and food services available, we strongly encourage students to return home.


Travel
Travel can increase the risks of exposure to you and the community. Government restrictions and public health measures are changing fast. If you travel, those changes may make it hard for you to resume your academic and professional activities.